Major Canadian Media Companies

Media in Canada

Media in Canada is diverse and developed, both in terms of broadcasting and publishing. Newspapers, magazines, television, and radio stations are owned by for-profit companies and large corporations.

top media companies

There are top media companies in Canada that publish magazines, newspapers, and books and distribute television content. Media is an umbrella term for different businesses, including radio stations and radio broadcasting companies, DBC and cable companies, advertising businesses, marketing research agencies, and television production and television broadcasting businesses. There are different publishing companies as well, including magazine and book publishing businesses, music publishing companies, university presses, newspaper publishing businesses, and printing companies. Major companies include Bell, Rogers, Torstar, Corus Entertainment, Transcontinental, and others. There are also big advertising agencies such as the Oxygen Design Agency, Due North Communications, Cineplex Entertainment, and Round Table Advertising. Major publishing companies include names such as the Alta Newspaper Group‎, Brunswick News publications‎, and Postmedia Network publications‎, all of which own and publish newspapers. There are major magazine publishing companies as well, including companies such as Regional Maple Leaf Communications, Laurentian Media Group, and Canada Wide Media, among others. There are publishers that are dedicated to raising awareness of aboriginal culture and traditions and the needs of Aboriginal people. One example is the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society, which has several publications, Saskatchewan Sage, Raven's Eye, Ontario Birchbark, Alberta Sweetgrass, and Windspeaker.

Bell Media

Bell Media is headquartered in Toronto and is a subsidiary of BCE Inc. The company operates and owns major channels in different genres, including entertainment, news, music, sports, and others. The list of channels owned by Bell includes Much, The Comedy Network, RDS Info, TSN, HBO Canada, Space, and more.


Torstar is a Canadian corporation with several divisions – Digital Ventures, Metroland Media Group, and Daily News Brands. The Metroland Media Group owns and publishes daily newspapers such as Waterloo Region Record, Peterborough Examiner, Niagara Falls Review, and The Hamilton Spectator.

Quebecor Media

Also a major Canadian media company, Quebecor Media was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Montreal. The company owns movie rental stores, book publishing companies, internet and cable television providers, and more. Key assets include the Quebecor Media Book Group, TVA Publishing Inc., Vidéotron, and Groupe TVA, to name a few.

Corus Entertainment

Corus Entertainment is owned by Shaw Communications and is headquartered in Toronto. The company owns and operates digital assets, television stations, radio stations, specialty television stations, media and technology services, and other assets. Corus Entertainment owns specialty channels such as the Cartoon Network, Food Network, Crime & Investigation, BBC Canada, Disney Channel, and many others. Other assets include Corus Airtime Sales, Toon Boom Animation, and Kids Can Press.


TC Transcontinental is a marketing and newspaper publishing company that specializes in printing, packaging, flyer distribution, premedia, and media and education. Transcontinental features print products for mass marketing and custom products, books, magazines, newspapers, marketing solutions, and flyers. The company also has a packaging division with a focus on converting, plastic film lamination, and flexographic printing. Premedia solutions are also offered, including video and photo production, content creation, and translation and writing.

Other major Canadian media companies include Standard Radio, Astral Media, Craig Media Inc., and Alliance Atlantis.

Left Political Bias

There are opponents who argue that the conservative agenda is virtually absent, including issues such as gun control, global warming, abortion, and gay marriage. In their view, this means that conservative views on key topics are largely left out, and television content does not reflect different views and perspectives. CBC News has also published a list of media outlets with moderate or slight left bias, including the CTV News Channel, CBC News, The Calgary Herald, and many others.

Independent Media in Canada

Independent media features alternative perspectives, views, and news sources and comes in different forms, including podcasts, blog posts, zines, film and radio, television, and magazines and newspapers. Independent media outlets often rely on Patreon, Kickstarter, and other crowdfunding platforms for funding as well as on subscription fees and donations. Examples of alternative media include Independent World Television, The Real News, Active Voice Online, BC Free Press, Canadian Spectator. There are independent media outlets that label themselves cross-cultural and progressive newspapers, grassroots newspapers, and opinionated newspapers.

Scholarships and Student Aid at McGill University

Future Undergraduate Students

McGill University offers financial aid, entrance scholarships, and other forms of assistance to postdoctorals, graduate students, and current and future undergraduate students. Future undergrads are offered entrance bursaries and scholarships to help pay college-related expenses. The list of entrance scholarships and awards includes the George Herrick Duggan Memorial Scholarships, Atlantic Provinces Entrance Scholarship, and others. Students from modest- and low-income families are eligible to apply under the Entrance Bursary Program. Major, faculty-specific, and one-year scholarships are also available and so are external awards. Faculty-specific scholarships are offered to students in different faculties, including Medicine, Law, Dentistry, and Music. Full-time students are eligible to apply for merit-based scholarships. However, visiting, part-time, special, exchange, diploma, mature, and transfer students do not qualify. (see here)

Financial Aid for Current Undergraduate Students

Current undergraduate students are eligible to apply for in-course financial aid and scholarships as well as for work-for-pay situations, research assistantships, stipends. Funding opportunities are also available to youth in care, children of war veterans, students with disabilities, indigenous, athletes, and other categories. (see here)

Graduate Students, Awards, Fellowships, and Assistantships

McGill University offers financial assistance to graduate students mainly in the form of assistantships and fellowships. External financing is also available, including fellowships and grants offered by federal and provincial agencies and governments. Current graduate students are eligible to apply for loans and bursaries provided that they demonstrate financial need and are enrolled full-time. Again, certificate, diploma, and continuing education students do not qualify for financial aid. The same applies to qualifying, visiting, and special students.

Dissertation awards are also available to students in different disciplines, including Social Sciences, Fine Arts, Natural Sciences, Medical Sciences, Engineering, and others. Students are asked to submit documents such as a Resume, abstract, pre-defense report by the external examiner, and nomination letter by the program director or supervisor.

Other Forms of Assistance for Graduate Students

There are other forms of financial assistance to explore, including the Frugal Scholar Money Management Program, emergency loans, the Work Study Program, and government aid. Graduate students are welcome to apply for on-campus jobs under the Work Study Program, including library, technical, research, and clerical jobs. Positions include office assistant, administrative support, annual fund assistant, communications assistant, opera event assistant, and more. The Frugal Scholar Money Management Program is offered to students who are eager to learn how to manage debt, build and stick to a budget, prepare taxes, and more. Different workshops are offered under the program, including workshops on different types of financial assistance, budgeting and financial planning, Canada Student Loans, repayment options, credit and so on. In addition, the university offers emergency loans to students who face financial problems due to unforeseen circumstances such as lost wallet, pay check delays, and lack of funds for food or essential medications. (see here)

Postdoctoral Students

Postdoctorals are not eligible to apply for need-based aid as funding is available through the university’s departments. Other forms of financial assistance include debt advice, finance-related workshops, and the Frugal Scholar Money Management Program. International postdoctoral students are eligible to apply for the Quebec Merit Scholarship for Foreign Students which is available to doctoral, short-term research, and postdoctoral students.

International Students

McGill University offers international students financial assistance in the form of in-course awards and scholarships, emergency loans, tuition payment deferrals, and more. There are funding options for graduate students as well, including scholarships by the Fondation Universitaire Pierre Arbour and the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. Country-specific scholarships are offered by different foundations, councils, and organizations, including the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court, and others.